Droichead Presents Drama

  • 31st Dec
  • 10:00
  • Droichead Arts Centre
For more information on this event please contact 041 98 33946
Our doors might be closed, but the creativity continues. Droichead Presents Drama will support a number of theatre makers in the development of their practice and work over 2021.  Part of our strategy to enable arts and artists in the North East Region, supporting the work and development of artists in this region. First up this spring, we are delighted to announce four artists from Louth and East Meath. 

Artist in Association | Anthony Kinahan 
Our artist in association for 2021, is actor/producer Anthony Kinahan.  Anthony is a graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, and he also trained on the year-long part time programme with the Gaiety School of Acting, and 2 years full time with the Bull Alley Theatre Training Company, Dublin. Acting work includes: John in A Day in May (directed by Gerry Stembridge; written by Colin Murphy, based on the book by Charlie Bird); Phil Rogers in Red Rock; Zangara in Rough Magic SEEDS Assassins; Paul in the feature North Circular Road and Dan in the short A Hollow Friend. As a Producer/Performer with Quintessence Theatre, Anthony has co-created & performed in Cracks; Warrior of the Táin; Dracula; #Me Too, Three, Four; Boy, Girl, Repeat and The Curious Case of Albert Cashier. 
The artist in association was initiated in 2018, and since then Droichead has supported composer/musician SJ McArdle (2018); actress/writer Grainne Rafferty (2019), and writer Nicola Pierce (2020). 

High Tide | Grainne Rafferty
In 2021, we will produce a new play, HIGH TIDE by actress/writer Grainne Rafferty, directed by Darren Thornton. This ‘Thelma and Louise' adventure is set during lockdown. A grand daughter, and her granny on a journey to Bettystown beach where both women will leave everything behind them in their rear view mirror… From Care workers.. to Guards.. to common sense! It’s about a small infringement on those strictest of rules, and all for the want of an ice cream...With funding from Creative Ireland and Droichead.

New Commission | Ronan Leahy
With our partners in the Northeast Network, An Táin Arts Centre, and Solstice in Navan and with funding from the Arts Council, we have commissioned actor/director Ronan Leahy to work with a team of artists, to research and develop a new production written by actor/writer Aidan Moriarty, exploring sexuality and intimacy in modern relationships, culminating in three rehearsed readings in the three venues in the recently formed Network. This new Network was initiated primarily to strategically grow and develop art forms in the region. The Network aims to produce the play in 2022.

LouthMouth | Juliette Crosbie.
Droichead will work with actress and theatre maker Juliette Crosbie to support and fund the development of her new play LouthMouth. The story of Holly, a jazz singer, who on the eve of her mother’s funeral must return to her abandoned home in Hackballscross, Louth after more than a decade on the run. Working with director Bryan Burroughs we hope to have a work in development reading of this new play in 2021.

More news on further supports for artists later this spring.